Lent is Metanoia – A Conversion of Heart
This Lent, our community is choosing to reflect on how our lifestyle impacts the world and other people with whom we share it. Following articles from www.lent45.org, we are looking at how our daily and habitual choices affect creation, as well as consider what changes are being required of us. The "45" refers to a calculation that if the usable area of the planet was divided evenly so that each of us receives a fair share, every person would be entitled to 4.5 acres. In other words, this is what our "Global Footprint" should be. Unfortunately, the average person in Canada requires 14.2 acres to sustain their lifestyle!
As it says on the site, "the ultimate goal of Lent is metanoia – a conversion of heart – leading you into a deeper commitment to walk in the footsteps of Jesus who lived in right relationship with creation, others, and God." Lent 4.5 challenges us to journey on this way to metanoia and right relationship, and offers guidance and suggestions through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This week, for example, it directs us to look at living simply, and buying and eating food responsible. Also, watch "Home," an extraordinary movie about our planet on the site. It is beautiful (and daunting)!
Pope Benedict XVI told us that "if you want to cultivate peace, protect creation" (2010 World Day of Peace). Anybody else joining me in this challenge?
Check it out: www.lent45.org! Let's embrace gospel justice, protect God's creation, and transform our huge Global Footprints into the gentle tread of Jesus Christ!